Several northwest metro police departments have joined a unique initiative to track alcohol-related incidents. The "Place of Last Drink" program is an attempt to crack down on drunken drivers.
The POLD initiative started in 2014 as a collaboration between local police, the Department of Public Safety and North Memorial Medical Center's Partnership for Change. Maple Grove police joined the program three months ago.
"If someone gets arrested and the officer can visibly see that they've been drinking, it's a question they pose during our booking process," said Maple Grove police Capt. Adam Lindquist.
Information collected by police is entered into a database at North Memorial Medial Center. That data is then analyzed to see if there are any trouble spots. Police can identify days, times and businesses of where people had incidents. The goal is to prevent over-serving at restaurants and bars.
"If we see a particular pattern or a bar that's repeatedly coming up and seems to be a problem, we'll proactively go meet with the management," said Capt. Lindquist.
More people "doing the right thing"
Mike Kinnan, general manager of the Lookout Bar and Grill, says the program is a good thing. While he wants customers to enjoy themselves, they want them to be responsible too.
"A lot more people just taking cabs, being proactive, and doing the right thing," said Kinnan.
The information collected via the POLD initiative is not shared with the public and people who are arrested aren't under any obligation to participate.
The Brooklyn Center, Osseo and Plymouth police departments were among the first to join the program.
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